Turkish Cyberattacks Show Weaknesses in Greek Defense Systems

January 28, 2020

ATHENS – Despite data breaches hitting the world’s major banks, governments, and companies, Greece reportedly wasn’t prepared to deal with hack attacks, allegedly by Turkish perpetrators, that briefly shut down official websites.

The cyberattacks targeted even the Prime Minister, Parliament and National Intelligence Service with Kathimerini reporting that firewall systems and other defenses aimed at stopping them were inadequate or outdated and that more security was needed.

Some of the systems are 16 years old, an eternity in the world of Information Technology where current methods of infiltrating computer systems are so sophisticated they require constant upgrades and countermeasures.

The report said there were lapses in password systems in the public sector making it easier for hackers and phishers to gain entry, with worry rising that the government and other websites are still vulnerable.

Turkish hackers brought down Greek websites, including the Foreign Ministry, fire and police and public safety systems through a distributed denial-of-service or DDoS attacks which make websites unavailable to users, said government spokesman Stelios Petsas.

The DDoS technique is often used as a distraction to allow hackers to steal data in a parallel assault, the paper said, but there was no report on whether any data was stolen nor how critical was the first sites breach.


ATHENS - The exact burial site of Plato has been identified, thanks to research conducted by the Italian Research Foundation, based on papyri from the site of Herculaneum, near Naples.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


A Palestinian Baby in Gaza is Born an Orphan in an Urgent Cesarean Section after an Israeli Strike

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Sabreen Jouda came into the world seconds after her mother left it.

ATHENS - S&P credit rating agency upgraded Greece’s outlook to 'positive' from 'stable' on Friday, April 19, 2024 while maintaining the investment-grade rating of BBB-.

ATHENS - The Ministry of National Economy and Finance is pressing ahead with a legislative regulation, which it will submit to Parliament within the week or at the latest the following day, to slash the fees for POS transactions.

ATHENS - Throughout 2023, Intrakat Group executed its strategic plan with remarkable success, witnessing robust performance across all business segments.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.